After seeing some community desire for this, I figured that I might make an official suggestion for it.
Basically my proposal is that there be an option for an “Offline Mode” or basically “Single-player” mode for when we are traveling or cannot connect to a decent network.
This means restricting the use of the market and store in the game to prevent bypasses and illegal buying of things, but maybe an alternative option where after winning a certain number of battles, players can level up their present equipment.
The option would keep the usual calculations for after-battle rewards, as well as the last-known values and drop-rates for all items. The player would be able to change ships and loadouts using the items that they currently have. (Which will require a very small encrypted manifest of items for use offline.)
The allowed battle options would be PvE and PvAI. PvAI would remain unchanged, but PvE would need to be toned down very slightly for some missions. All missions would need to have their max-spawns number reduced to reflect for the lack of a team, and damage would need to be lowered slightly for some enemies like those who use shrapnel canons in Ariadne’s Thread.
Everything would still give normal rewards and loot searches for wins and losses, and it would be stored so that when the player reconnects, their balances are updated. Upon connection and disconnection, there should always be manifest checks to make sure that the player is not changing anything when offline. If something besides statistics has been changed, it should void that offline session. Making “hacking” the game neither possible nor useful.
This kind of mode would be fantastic for players who commonly have very high ping and loss, or players who like to play on the road or where there is no wifi. I personally would love it because my internet is very unstable sometimes, and I do travel a bit. (often to places with no wifi…)
This is completely possible and would require very few resources. Just consider it.
1: alternate mode hangar when no internet connection.
2: black out market.
3: black out shop.
4: make statistic manifests when logging in/out.
5: make inventory manifests when logging in/out.
6: Tone down PvE difficulty very slightly.